I should blog about the new R. City/Adam Levine song “Locked Away” more often because a bunch of people keep googling it and finding my blog that way. Welcome! Please stay and never leave me.
This morning, I woke up for an early workout and it was fabulous. My first thought when my alarm went off was, “I want to sleeeeeeeeeeep!” But then I opened my eyes and felt fine, so I popped right up and never actually felt tired all through a workout and work day. My workout was a heavy dumbbell strength workout. I performed a circuit of moves six times at eight reps each, going up in weight only slightly. The circuit included shoulder presses, bicep curls, tricep extensions, rows, front raises/shoulder raises, bench presses, squat presses, leg presses, and another move I read about how good it was but don’t know the name of it. It’s a thing. I also ran through a core circuit of lunge curtsies, kneeling kickbacks, tricep push ups, mermaid raises, reverse crunch twists, and leg lifts with a flare. I only had time for a few minutes of planking before it was time to get ready for work.
My way home was unexpectedly delayed by the flock of TURKEYS running out in front of me on the road. Of course I stopped for them, but I was unimpressed. They even had the nerve to do that motion people make when trying to cross quickly that mimics running, but is actually slower than if they just walked. You feel me?
Today was a pretty exceptional food day. A breakfast snack started early before my morning workout, which consisted of a peanut butter roll up. It really is the best fuel for my workouts because it’s packed with energy and protein, but not too heavy. My post-workout breakfast was a chicken sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich on an english muffin. I also had a banana with a little peanut butter and some blueberries.
Lunch included a beautiful salad, slice of pizza, and a refreshing Chobani with grapes. This is my new favorite concoction. Red grapes are so juicy, sweet, and delicious and pair so well with the tangy yogurt. Pizza and salad ain’t bad either.
I am quite proud of my dinner. I had some fresh tilapia on hand, so I decided to create a little experimental in my kitchen. I tossed together some bread crumbs, paprika, red pepper flakes, onion powder, blackening seasoning, and cayenne pepper with a little olive oil and lemon juice. I smeared the seasoning on the tilapia with a pat of butter and grilled the fish to perfection. It was actually perfect, which has nothing to do with me and everything to do with luck. Or, Pinterest for telling me how long to cook tilapia. It was divine. I had some brown rice to go with the fish, as well as a huge medley of vegetables: spinach, peppers, zucchini, and tomato.
The tomato was the first product of this year’s garden! It was so tasty and sweet, but also look how beautiful it was on the inside! I almost didn’t want to eat it. Almost.
My moment of strength came from my inspiration in the kitchen! I created a wonderful, tasty, and nutritional meal that left me feeling full and satisfied in my stomach, heart, and soul.